Various types of criminal offenses carry penalties that can be quite severe if a conviction is handed down. Any person accused of a serious crime in Michigan is advised to retain legal representation before facing those charges in court. Some offenses, such as certain sex crimes, are punishable by up to 50 or more years in prison.
Most people who are charged with a crime want to have the matter resolved in a timely manner. Accordingly, they work with a lawyer to determine the best way to proceed and then take action. Unfortunately there are situations where matters are not wrapped up the way an accused expects. This is likely the case with filmmaker, Roman Polanski.
Most people who are facing a criminal charge of any type feel overwhelmed. There is good reason for this. Depending on the charge a conviction could result in serious repercussions for the accused. Serious crimes could result in hefty fines and possibly the loss of driver's or professional licenses. Others could lead to additional consequences as well. For example, those who are convicted of a sex crime will likely have to register as a sex offender.